Stateless residents, after hearing what happened in Sabah, have gathered at the Penang NRD to ask that they be given citizenship as well.

This was the scene at the NRD office at Anson Road this morning:

stateless people apply for citizenship

Photograph: Henry Loh


Earlier, police had tried to block them from entering.

The stateless residents were led by PKR lawyer N Surendran.

They were also accompanied by Penang state assembly members Sim Tze Tzin, Ng Wei Aik and Jason Ong.

I can emphatise with their plight: my own maternal grandmother had a red IC until her demise despite residing in the country for three decades and prior to that in Singapore after her wedding in the pre-War era.